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Sep 09 2010 Ginger essential oil copy

As much as it is comforting and flavorsome in food, ginger offers a gamut of health benefits when used in aromatherapy. Known for its ‘warming’ properties, ginger essential oil acts as a tonic for the digestive system, joints as well as the mind.
Aromandina Ginger Essential Oil is obtained from fresh ginger roots organically grown and harvested in Ecuador.

Pregnancy

Ginger oil is safe to use in pregnancy and may be used to curb morning sickness or nausea caused by motion and stomach upsets.

Digestive properties

Poor appetite may be a result of something as simple as indigestion or something deep-rooted as depression. Ginger oil not only balances the digestive system, it also lifts up a lonely spirit with its spicy aroma. It can be especially helpful in alleviating gastric discomfort, flatulence and acidity.

The warming oil

Ginger oil is helpful during the long, cold winter months when many people experience depression, lethargy and loneliness due to the weather.  At these times, ginger oil adds the much needed spice and zest by energizing the body, improving sexual libido and helping the mind focus. Ginger oil also boosts circulation and provides instant relief from cold extremities and dull, lifeless skin.
Combine it with a carrier oil and  massage this warm oil for an excellent remedy for tired, achy joints or rheumatic arthritis.

Psychological properties

According to author Peter Holmes, “Clearly just as ginger provides deep warmth and stimulation on the physiological level, its fragrance works deeply into the psyche bringing energy and strength to some of the deepest sources of our power”.[1]
In moments of pessimism and low morale, ginger essential oil serves to motivate the mind and help it find direction.
If you have strong plans for the future but lack willpower or confidence to go through with them, ginger essential will inspire you to be proactive and take consequential action.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine has forever used Ginger as a remedy for ‘moisture induced’ maladies like diarrhea, rheumatism and catarrh. The warming properties of ginger are believed to neutralize the ill effects of dampness and moisture which may have an intrinsic or extrinsic source.

Methods of use

  • For instant relief from nausea, depression and lethargy, take a few sniffs of the oil from a tissue.

  • Add it to hot water and use it as a compress for sore joints and achy muscles.

  • Ginger oil can be combined with carrier oil and used for massage.

  • Use it in a diffuser to spice-up your surroundings.

  • Don’t apply the oil directly to your skin and avoid going out in the sun after topical application.

Enjoy Ginger Essential Oil in the following Aromandina products:
Body Oil for Circulation
Digestive Body Oil
Fiesta Essential Oil Blend

© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved The information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Mar 18 2010 Guest blogger Iva Keene

If you can’t get pregnant then you must become aware of this insidious and widespread substance which can not only make you infertile but has been shown to contribute to breast cancer.

Stay Clear From Parabens What are parabens? Parabens are a group of chemicals (methylparaben E218, ethylparaben E214, propylparaben E216, butylparaben- no number) with widespread use from cosmetic and personal hygiene industries to food and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Why are they used?

Parabens are antimicrobial and antifungal which makes them an ideal preservative in so many products.

Where are they found?

Shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, tooth paste, mouth wash, deodorant, antiperspirant, moisturizers, shaving gels, lubricants, spray tanning solutions, sunscreens, medical ointments and tablets, processed foods, face powders, foundations to name a few.

Why are they dangerous?

Parabens are estrogen mimickers. What this means is they can dock onto a cell receptor reserved for estrogen and cause the cell to behave as if real estrogen has docked. All hormones in the body are released at specific times and in specific order under the guidance of the endocrine system. When this immaculate orchestration becomes disrupted by estrogen mimickers from outside sources (food, air, water, cosmetics, personal hygiene items etc…) hormonal chaos ensues; cells start sending feedback to the endocrine system that they received estrogen when none was sent to them, the endocrine system responds with hormones which are not intended at this time and before you know it irregular periods, too much estrogen, not enough progesterone, not enough testosterone and host of other hormonal imbalances begin. To give you an analogy, this would be like someone turning on the sun in the middle of the night when nature is set to sleep and rest. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer, breast tumors (parabens have been found inside breast tumors when the tumor was autopsied), weight gain, abnormal fetal development, male reproductive abnormalities, depression and infertility.

Can’t get pregnant? How can parabens lead to infertility?

When your body’s hormones are out of balance, your ability to produce healthy eggs and sperm as well as your ability to ovulate and prepare the uterine lining (endometrium) for conception becomes difficult and impaired.

How do they get inside us and why can they cause all these health problems?

Parabens can be easily absorbed through the skin, the gastric mucosa (digestive system) and via the blood. Once inside the body they tend to bio-accumulate in the fatty tissue and breast tissue (which is mostly fat). Because our body stores parabens, over time, so many have been stored that their effect on the body becomes overwhelming resulting in hormonal imbalance and disease.

Below is a table from the Breast Cancer Fund (www.breastcancerfund.org), showing the link between breast cancer and chemicals found in everyday products.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Become vigilant about parabens. Screen every product you buy for methylparaben E218, ethylparaben E214, propylparaben E216, butylparaben (no number) and any other chemical name ending in ‘paraben’. Refuse to buy products from companies which have not stopped using parabens. The negative health effects of parabens have been well studied and documented. And while some companies are banning parabens from their production there are still many which prefer to use this cheap preservative rather than switching to more expensive natural preservatives. There are natural preservatives such as grape seed, which can be found in many natural organic personal hygiene products, cosmetics and organic food.

Spread the word and share this information with your family and friends and especially those who can’t get pregnant. No one wants to see a loved one die from breast cancer or prostate cancer and so many men and women simply are unaware of the link between their tooth paste, deodorant, body lotion or foundation and infertility or breast/prostate cancer.

What are your thoughts? Are you already using all natural and organic cosmetics and personal care products?

© 2010 Iva Keene and Natural Fertility Prescription WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this text with it: Leading Fertility Naturopath Iva Keene publishes the ‘Ultimate Fertility’ ezine with tips to get you pregnant ASAP. Join the 1,000+ subscribers and get your FREE Fertility Tips now at www.Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com Note from Cristina: All ingredients used in our Aromandina products are carefully screened for authenticity, purity and quality and are free of pesticides, parabens and any type of synthetic preservative.
Jun 08 2009 The female body undergoes dramatic changes during the third trimester. The fluctuating hormone levels and all the extra weight on the limbs can lead to edema and fatigue. For edema Geranium oil is an effective essential oil that minimizes bloating and water retention. Usage: Mix 2 drops of Geranium Essential Oil in 1 teaspoon of the Carrier Oil and massage gently with long strokes over the calves and feet without applying too much pressure on the ankles or heels. Fatigue can occur at any stage of pregnancy, especially if you already have children or are working.  The essential oils like Peppermint, Rosemary and Spearmint are  essential oils and can be safely used after the third trimester. Mix 10 drops of these oils with 2 oz of distilled water to create a refreshing mist. Spearmint: Has restorative properties that strengthen the memory and stimulates the mind. Peppermint: Stimulates the nerves and brain, improves concentration and helps in focusing. Cardamom: Fortifying tonic for the brain and nervous system by dizzbonn     Related Articles Essential Oils for Pregnancy Use of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils During Labor Aromatherapy for Pregnancy Part 1 Aromatherapy a Natural Choice for Women – Webinar Recording Providing a Calming Atmosphere for Your Children
© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
May 20 2009

The problems faced during the second trimester of pregnancy are quite different from the ones during the first trimester. Needless to say, the essential oils to be used are different too.

Stretch Marks are a common form of scarring that can occur when abdominal skin is overstretched during pregnancy. The following oils are highly effective and beneficial during the second trimester:

Frankincense: Has a peaceful and calming effect on the mind and helps in relieving stress and anxiety. It’s tissue regenerating properties make it very effective in lightening scars and stretch marks. Lavender: Soothes and calms the nerves; can help prevent and diminish stretch marks. Sandalwood: Induces a state of mental relaxation and; soothes cracked, chapped and irritated skin; recommended for stretch marks and scars. Grapefruit: Helps in uplifting and reviving the mood; is also known for its mild digestive properties.

Aromandina’s Mommy Body Oilis an effective essential oil for minimizing stretch marks as it nourishes the skin to prevent scarring and also acts as a relaxant for the mother-to-be. The product is a combination of the above mentioned essential oils that can be safely used during pregnancy. This body oil may be massaged over areas prone to stretch marks like the abdomen, hips and thighs or may be inhaled deeply to ease anxiety and nervousness.

Symptoms of Emotional Discomfort like stress, fear, insomnia and anxiety are not uncommon during the second trimester. Here are some essential oils that encourage deep relaxation for the mind and body:

Lavender: A natural sedative that calms the nerves and regulates cardiac activity. It also alleviates nervousness and calms a restless, hyperactive state. The de-stressing properties help in counteracting anxiety, irritability, nightmares and restlessness. Mandarin: A sweet and soothing scent, it is ideal for curing restlessness, anxiety and sleeplessness in children. Palo Santo: It invokes a feeling of sacredness akin to entering a temple; frees the mind from mundane thoughts; and has a purifying effect on the mind.

Sereno Sleep Time Essential OilThe SERENO Sleep Time Essential Oil is a blend of all these essential oils that relieve stress and calm the mind. The benefits of the SERENO Sleep Time Essential Oil can be delivered via various modes. These are:

  • Aromatherapy Burner: This is an effective method for mood enhancement and upliftment. It disinfects the air and can boost immunity through inhalation. Fill a bowl with water, add 5-15 drops of essential oil, light the candle and relax.
  • Quick Inhalation: Pour 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale directly. It is a great way to achieve an instant calming or energizing effect.
  • Pillow: For a better sleep, put 4 drops of Essential Oil on a cotton pad and tuck it under the pillow case. For a deep and restful sleep, it is recommended that you use SERENO Sleep Time Essential Oil
    Related Articles The Joy of Pregnancy: Third Trimester Use of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils During Labor Aromatherapy a Natural Choice for Women – Webinar Recording Providing a Calming Atmosphere for Your Children  
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
May 11 2009  

Pregnancy First Trimester

My interest and passion for aromatherapy began when I was pregnant with my son. I can testify from personal experience that essential oils did not only help me conceive, they also helped me cope with the different physical and emotional problems that come with pregnancy. Ever since, I have incorporated the use of these natural oils as part of my daily life as well as my son’s. Pregnancy is just the right time to pamper your senses and to prepare for the joys of motherhood. For many women, several minor problems like morning sickness, indigestion, fatigue, edema, insomnia and cramps can mar this feeling of happiness.  The scope of Aromatherapy in different stages of pregnancy cannot be underestimated. The benefits of essential oils during pregnancy are so vast that it certainly deserves more than a single blog post to talk about them. In an attempt to share detailed information with my readers, I have come up with a four-part series on the theme that will discuss the goodness of aromatherapy at different stages of pregnancy and childcare. Use of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils during the First Trimester The feeling of excitement and anticipation during the first trimester coupled with hormonal changes in the body can bring about morning sickness, mood-swings, anxiety and gastric problems. Essential oils when used individually or in combination may help alleviate or minimize these symptoms. Moreover, since a woman’s sense of smell is enhanced multifold during pregnancy, it’s great to be surrounded by a pleasant smelling, healthy and relaxing atmosphere. The following essential oils not only offer a refreshing environment but can also be very helpful in suppressing symptoms of stress and discomfort: Spearmint oil is a good nerve tonic that helps fight off mental fatigue and nervous stress. Grapefruit oil is a natural anti-depressant as it uplifts and refreshes the mood. Ginger oil is a warming essential oil often used to treat digestive problems and stomach upsets of any kind. Its warming qualities neutralize feelings of loneliness and winter depression. Lemon oil helps to eliminate emotional confusion and enhance one’s sense of humor and sense of well-being. These oils can be used individually or in combination with other oils according to personal preference. You can use it with your aromatherapy diffuser or if you prefer you can add a couple of drops to a tissue and smell directly and as often as needed. Next post: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils during the Second Trimester     Related Articles Essential Oils for Pregnancy Aromatherapy and the Human Touch Providing a Calming Atmosphere for Your Children   © 2009, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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